Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE - 2 JUNE 2020

As part of Step 2 of the South Australian Government’s Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions, the Naracoorte Lucindale Council is pleased to advise that the Naracoorte Visitor Information Centre will be open to tourists and the general public 7 days a week from Wednesday 3 June and the Naracoorte and Lucindale Town Halls are available for bookings of up to 20.

Listed below is an update on Council facilities and the measures we have in place to protect our community.

All playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor public exercise equipment

Open – use is subject to public gathering and distancing protocols.

Council also encourages users, participants, and parents of children using playground equipment to wipe down equipment before and after use

Parks & Reserves

Open – use is subject to public gathering and distancing protocols.

Naracoorte Library

Open – with visitor numbers of up to 20 at any one time and subject to the following restrictions:

  • Toy   library and the Meeting / Local History Room remains closed
  • Computers   and photocopier are not available for public use
  • Customers   only wanting to return items should use the return chute rather than entering   the library
  • To   ensure social distancing seating is not available for public use
  • Newspapers   and magazines will not be available for browsing in the library

Naracoorte Visitor Information Centre

Open as of 3 June 2020 with visitor numbers of up to  20 at any one time.

Town Halls

Open for bookings of up to 20

Public Toilets

To remain closed:

  • Naracoorte   – Pioneer Park, and Swimming Lake
  • Lucindale   – Bay 13 (Football Oval)

Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange

Remains open for business – but tightly restricted in attendance for sales

Council Offices – Naracoorte & Lucindale

Open – but we request that people attempt to conduct business with Council via phone or online where practical

Council Depots

Closed to the public – but still operational

Naracoorte Waste Transfer Station

Open

All visitors to Council facilities should practice social distancing - the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.  Visitors to the Naracoorte Library, Naracoorte Visitor Information Centre and Naracoorte and Lucindale Town Halls will be required to provide their name and phone number.

Council continues to assess the effects of COVID-19 on our operations and ability to serve our community, and this includes taking direction and advice from Federal and State Governments. Local Government is considered an essential service, and as such, we have a responsibility to continue to undertake our functions where reasonable, and safe to do so.

To protect our staff and community, please also do not attend our facilities if you have been in contact with a person with suspected COVID-19, or if you are experiencing any symptoms.  If any of the above applies to you, please transact any business by phone 08 8760 1100, email council@nlc.sa.gov.au or online www.naracoortelucindale.sa.gov.au.

We also encourage you to access information and advice about COVID-19 via www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

COVID-19 COUNCIL RATES AND FINANCIAL RELIEF

Council is now offering rate relief to all ratepayers over the coming months in an effort to ease financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During these challenging times Council is pleased to be able to implement these measures to provide some relief and help the community”, Mayor Erika Vickery OAM said.

At Council’s April 2020 meeting, Elected Members considered a range of options for providing rating relief in light of the current emergency, and the effect that this has had on the community, businesses, employers, and those people that may have lost their jobs.

In recognition of this and given the financial hardship that some are facing, Council will provide relief on Council rates through:

  • Options to postpone rates if impacted by COVID-19; and
  • No fines and interest to be charged on overdue rates from 1 April until 30 September 2020

Further information, including the criteria for a postponement of rates, has been included with the 4th instalment rate notices posted to ratepayers and is available HERE.

If ratepayers are experiencing genuine financial hardship as a result of the current pandemic emergency they are encouraged to make application to Council on the form available HERE.

Affected ratepayers are encouraged to make contact with Council on 8760 1100 to discuss an application, and each application will be assessed on an individual and confidential basis.  Applicants may be required to provide documentation to support their application.

We do, however, encourage all ratepayers who have the ability to pay their rates as and when they fall due to do so to avoid the risk of long term debt. For some ratepayers, it will be business as usual.

Also, to support our local business community, goods and services that Council purchases locally will be paid for within 14 days.